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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Anaheim overnight cold weather shelter opens for rain early next week

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2024) — Anaheim’s leading work to address homelessness continues with an overnight cold weather shelter reopening Monday and Tuesday nights with rain expected and as a a first step toward getting people off the streets.

The temporary shelter is at a west Anaheim church that also hosted people during early February's heavy rain.

It is one of several churches that are part of Anaheim's cold weather shelter program offering up to 50 beds for people amid heavy rain, winds or when overnight temperatures drop below 45 degrees.

The overnight shelter will open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with a light breakfast provided before people check out each day.

All of the overnight shelters are carefully managed to ensure they help those in need and are good neighbors.

There are no walkups, and those staying must have a tie to Anaheim.

Access to the shelter is only through Anaheim’s Community Care Response Team at (714) 820-9090.

The team of outreach workers, who work seven days a week in our city, respond to calls by meeting people where they are, doing a brief assessment and then arranging transportation to and from overnight shelters.

While staying at shelters, everyone will be offered immediate and long-term help getting off the streets.

Anaheim provides access to ongoing case management, public services, healthcare including treatment for substance abuse disorder, longer-term shelter, rapid rehousing, family reunification, work programs and permanent supportive housing.

Funding for the shelters is by the county of Orange with nonprofit Love Anaheim providing the shelter coordination, staffing and operation.

Love Anaheim is part of our city’s larger effort to address homelessness and runs Better Way Anaheim, which offers volunteer work experience for those recovering from homelessness and looking to return to work. 

The opening of the overnight shelters follows the end of previous cold weather shelters at the California National Guard’s armories in Santa Ana and Fullerton.

Anaheim is the only Orange County city to open its own cold weather shelters, serving as a model for other cities to follow.

The cold weather shelter program runs through April 15.

The shelters are at churches with locations undisclosed to safeguard privacy, discourage any walkup activity and encourage people to use them as a first step out of homelessness.

Anaheim also hosts the 325-bed Anaheim Emergency Shelter with the Salvation Army since 2019 and has been host city to the county's Bridges at Kraemer Place, a 200-bed county shelter, since 2017.

Anaheim’s Community Care Response Team does daily outreach from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. offering shelter, services and resources with the goal of getting people on a path out of homelessness.

The outreach team regularly pairs with the Anaheim Police Department’s dedicated homeless assessment liaison officer teams and two teams from the county’s Be Well OC, a mental health outreach service that often works with those on the street.

Anaheim has nearly 400 permanent supportive apartments among nearly 4,000 affordable apartments in our city.

Permanent supportive homes combine affordable, nominal rents with basic daily support and access to services to prevent people from falling back into homelessness.

Learn more about Anaheim’s leading efforts to address homelessness at Anaheim.net/homeless.

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